KARACHI (Dunya News) – Late onslaught from David Wiese and half-centuries from Fakhar Zaman and Ben Dunk guided last year’s runners-up Lahore Qalandars to an emphatic six-wicket win over defending champions Karachi Kings in the 11th fixture of the HBL PSL 6 at Karachi’s National Stadium on Sunday evening.
Chasing 187 to win, Qalandars found themselves in a spot of bother losing two wickets for no run in the first over. Mohammad Hafeez (15 off nine, one four, one six) was the next batsman to go as Qalandars were reeling at 33 for three in the fifth over.
Left-handed Fakhar was joined by another left-hander Dunk. Both contributed a 119-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Fakhar top-scored with a 54-ball 83. He smoked eight fours and four sixes.
Requiring 30 runs from two overs, the right handed Wiese got two fours off Mohammad Amir before he smashed a six in the penultimate over, as Qalandars collected 20 runs and brought down the equation to 10 required off the final over.
Wiese hit two consecutive sixes off Daniel Christian first two balls to help Qalandars over the line with four balls spare.
Dunk (57 not out off 43, five fours, two sixes) and Wiese (31 not out off nine, three fours, three sixes) contributed an unbeaten 47-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Earlier, half-centuries from Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Nabi helped Kings post 186 for nine. After being put into bat, Kings had a wobbly start, as they lost their premier batsman Babar Azam –the top run getter in HBL PSL –for five, to a scorching in-swinging delivery from Shaheen Afridi. Joe Clarke (four off six, one four) and Colin Ingram (0 off one) were next to follow Babar with scoreboard reading at 37 for three at the end of fifth over.
Sharjeel, who got a life in the first over of the match, made full use of his dropped catch, as he punished Qalandars bowlers all around the ground, and struck five fours and six towering sixes in his innings of 64. He was equally supported by Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi, who scored his first half-century in the HBL PSL 6. He contributed 57 off 35 balls, hitting four fours and three sixes. Both batsmen knitted 76 runs for the fourth wicket partnership.
After the departure of Nabi, Kings managed to add only 24 runs in the last four overs, and ended up scoring 186 for nine.
For Qalandars, Shaheen was the most successful bowler, taking three wickets for 27.
Scores in brief:
Karachi Kings: 186-9, 20 overs (Sharjeel Khan 64, Mohammad Nabi 57, Daniel Christian 27; Shaheen Shah Afridi 3-27).
Lahore Qalandars: 189-4, 19.2 overs (Fakhar Zaman 83, Ben Dunk 57 not out, David Wiese 31 not out).
Player-of-the-match – Shaheen Shah Afridi (Lahore Qalandars).
Karachi Kings: Imad Wasim (capt), Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Colin Ingram, Joe Clarke, Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, Mohammad Ilyas, Waqas Maqsood, Mohammad Amir, Arshad Iqbal.
Lahore Qalandars: Sohail Akhtar (capt), Fakhar Zaman, Joe Denly, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk (wk), Zeeshan Ashraf, Samit Patel, David Wiese, Ahmed Daniyal, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf.